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Microscopy Specialist in the Intracellular Self-Organization Group

Microscopy Specialist in the Intracellular Self-Organization Group

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

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The role

The Surrey lab studies the design principles of the cytoskeleton using fluorescence microscopy, both in in vitro reconstituted systems with purified proteins and in cultured living cells. 

Advanced microscopy imaging plays a central role in the research of the lab and the successful candidate will be a key lab member being involved in several projects. The Microscopy Specialist will be responsible for developing light microscopy methods (e.g. TIRF, STORM, iSCAT, laser ablation, optical trapping, microfabrication) in the framework of an ERC Synergy Project (BIOMECANET) and develop image and data analysis tools. Tasks include maintaining the microscopes of the lab and acquiring new ones.
The selected candidate will work together with biochemists and biophysicists, contributing specialized microscopy expertise and training. The research will address fundamental questions concerning the spatio-temporal organization of the cytoskeleton in cells and reconstituted systems, with a particular focus on understanding spindle assembly and function during cell division.

About the lab

The Intracellular Self-Organization Group is interested in elucidating the design principles of self-organizing intracellular structures. The focus is on understanding the function of the cytoskeleton. The group is led by Thomas Surrey who has made major contributions to microtubule cytoskeleton biochemistry and biophysics (e.g. Consolati et al., Dev Cell, 2020, Roostalu et al., Cell, 2018; Maurer et al., Cell 2012; Roostalu et al., Science, 2011; Bieling et al., Nature, 2007). Quantitative microscopy imaging combined with quantitative image and data analysis are important methods in the lab (Rickman et al., PNAS, 2017; Bohner et al., J. Microscopy, 2016; Maurer et al., Curr Biol, 2014). The overall goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms driving the reliable generation of distinct dynamic architectures of the cytoskeleton.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

Must have

• You have several years experience in light microscopy-based experimentation
• You have an excellent understanding of optics, microscopy, image analysis, and statistics
• You have a good understanding of biophysics

Desirable but not required

• You have experience in microscopy development
• You have experience with studying biochemical systems

Education and training

• You hold a PhD degree in Physics


• You are fluent in English


• You are able to work independently and also enjoy working in a team
• You have excellent organisational skills
• You enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment

The Offer – Working Conditions

Contract duration: 6 years.
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
Target start date: 1st July 2021.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

1. A motivation letter addressed to Dr. Thomas Surrey.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Thomas Surrey and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below. 

Selection Process

Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based.

Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.

Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by April 24th, 2021.

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